Category: Photography

Darren Daily for 4th Jan 2017

It’s time to say, “Enough!


Now that we finally admit it, let’s regain responsibility.

Where are you less than your best? Write them down.

  • Weight
  • Fitness
  • Income
  • Savings/net worth
  • Intimate relationship
  • Career/business progress
  • Relationship with family
  • Relationship with team
  • Relationship with neighbors
  • Peace of mind
  • Life balance
  • What else?

Now write down why on those you picked above.
Write down all of the reasons.
Every single one.

Now cross out the “reasons” you gave for why and simply put:
Because I failed.

Now, what are you going to do to change it, starting now?
No buts, whining, blame or complaining.
No. More. EXCUSES.

I’m going to change my failure in 2017 to success in the areas of health and fitness. I will and have to be more determined in perusing my need to exercise.  Improving on my career and earning more income.

Capturing Tulips

Pink tulips among a sea of red tulips
Pink tulips among a sea of red tulips

It has been quite a while since I posted something on photography over at this blog. I had the opportunity to view many many different flowers last month while on holiday in Taiwan. Here are some shots I took while playing with the focus of the camera.

Water droplets on the tulips
Water droplets on the tulips

Droplets of water on the flower petals really add “character” to a shot. It shows that the flower looks really “fresh” after having had a drink.

Red and white tulip
Red and white tulip

I tried to line up the two tulips for this shot. Focusing on the one in the foreground and blurring out the one behind.

What do you think of this effect?

A sea of tulips
A sea of tulips

This shot was taken from the same position the one above but I was focusing on the bi-colored tulips instead of the light pink ones in the foreground.  It is interesting to see how the texture of the shot changes once the focus shifts.

Another shot of the bi-color tulips
Another shot of the bi-color tulips

I prefer the shot above as compared to this one as this one doesn’t seem to be cropped as nicely.  The background seems to be a bit too “messy” also. What do you think?

Any suggestions on how to improve capturing tulips?



Purple Blooms

Light purple bloom
Light purple bloom

I have always love taking pictures of flowers. It is one of my favourite subject.  I love how the light bounces off the petals of the flower and make it look so “alive”. I didn’t manage to go to the Botanic garden or view any flower exhibitions during my last trip aboard. I did manage to view and capture some blooms when we visited the Hong Kong Wetland Park.  It was the only place where I could get up and close with nature.

Another shot of the purple blooms
Another shot of the purple blooms

I spotted these light purple bloom among a bush during our walk around the park.  The color really captured my attention and I stopped to take a closer look and to snap some pictures.

the final shot
the final shot

I didn’t have my regular DSLR with me as I only brought a point and shoot. As a result, I couldn’t really take the type of close up shot which I really wanted to. I had  to be more creative in the type of shots I took with the camera. Out of all the flower shots I felt that this third picture was the most captivating one that I took of that purple flower.

What do you think of the final presentation shot?